Earlier this week, we learned that it'll be five extra days before The Dictator arrives in theaters, but a taste of the comedy is already online. The first official clip from the comedy has arrived, and it demonstrates that while star Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles have a made straightforward narrative, they've maintained their commitment to brazenly presenting insulting ideas with a straight face.
There's a new trailer for The Dictator, the latest comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen as an original character. Previous promotion worked to establish the title character, His Excellency General Admiral Aladeen, as the full-on despotic dicksplash lording over the fictitious Middle Eastern nation of Wadiya, positing him as the comedic equivalent of, say, a Colonel Gaddafi or President al-Assad.
This trailer, though, offers a good idea of The Dictator's actual plot, so if you're looking to stay spoiler-free, give it and this whole post a wide berth.
Did it strike anyone as slightly ridiculous that yesterday we saw two ten-second previews of the John Carter and The Avengers Super Bowl spots? Commercials are one thing, but commercials for commercials is a whole different level. Another movie that will be showing up during the copious commercial breaks of America's favorite sporting event is The Dictator, the new comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the guy behind Borat and Bruno. The comedy has sidestepped showing a ten-second peek and instead just released its first TV spot wholesale online for your viewing pleasure several days before the big game.
The first teaser trailer for The Dictator has arrived online, introducing the title character, a megalomaniacal tyrant ruling over the fictitious Middle Eastern nation of Wadiya. Sacha Baron Cohen plays that dictator, so yeah, this is a comedy. The trailer contextualizes Baron Cohen's character as a Muammar Gaddafi-style despot under international pressure using fresh footage, before sliding directly into many an incendiary line guaranteed to cause no small amount of conversation around The Dictator. The trailer doesn't give any sense of the story beyond the fact that the titular ruler travels to Manhattan, where he encounters John C. Reilly (who shows that the film's satirical focus will include America) and Megan Fox as herself. Sort of.
Synopsis: Anna Faris is Ally Darling, who after reading a magazine article that leads her to believe she's going to be forever alone, begins a wild search for the best "ex" of her life. Based on the book by Karyn Bosnak.
Take Me Home Tonight, a comedic ode to partying and coming of age in the pastel-coloring 1980's, is available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD as of today, July 19th. The film stars Topher Grace (who also contributed to the story), Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, Lucy Punch, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Demetri Martin, all of whom participate in an epic party over the course of one night. The soundtrack is, of course, filled with recognizable 80's hits, but to promote the Blu-ray release, Take Me Home Tonight spent the summer in a thoroughly modern setting: The Van's Warped Tour.
Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor known for his merciless satirical work as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, is reuniting with his Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles for The Dictator. From what we can tell, the film will be a more traditional narrative, abandoning the interview format that became increasingly difficult in Bruno due to Baron Ochen's global profile. The Dictator production has attracting attention in New York City, and now it will no doubt attract even more, as professional sexy person Megan Fox and the unstoppable John C. Reilly have joined the cast.
Though it was not displayed quite so effectively in his British feature Ali G Indahouse, Sacha Baron Cohen's work Stateside has featured a pointedly satiric perspective. Between Borat, Bruno, and the HBO series Da Ali G (where both of the characters originated), Baron Cohen and Co. used his characters and the interview format to expose the hidden biases of subjects. With The Dictator, Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles are seemingly moving towards a more conventional narrative, with a story based on Zabibah and the King, a novel by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The first official image from the film offers a look at Baron Cohen very different from the one set photo seen so far. New story details are also available.
Director Larry Charles and co-writer/star Sacha Baron Cohen have a good thing going. Their last two feature collaborations, Borat and Bruno, brought two of Baron Cohen's incendiary undercover characters to American audiences, and right now, they're filming The Dictator. In the film – which is loosely based the novel Zabibah and The King, written by none other than Saddam Hussein – Baron Cohen plays both a humble goat herder and the tyrannical dictator of a fictitious country. The first image of the actor in costume has appeared online, and he's sporting a star-spangled tracksuit with a fanny pack.
Next year is going to be a busy one for Relativity Media, with no less than three films hitting theaters in the first half of 2012. The studio already announced the thriller House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue for a February 3rd release, and has now added a high profile thriller and an epic ensemble comedy for debuts next Spring. The Untitled Raven Project, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, is set for a March 9, 2012 release date, while the Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Comedy, which boasts one of the most formidable comedic casts ever assembled, will close out the season on April 13, 2012. For more info on both of these films, read on.